Men's Soccer Report - Sept. 10
Tim Hopkinson • Old Dominion
Jr., Forward, Nottingham, England/Rushcliffe School
Hopkinson was named the MVP of the ODU Stihl Soccer Classic after contributing four goals and four assists in the Monarchs' 2-0 week. The junior forward had three goals and two assists as ODU rolled past Seton Hall 6-0 and added a goal and two assists in a 3-2 triumph over Winthrop.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Ghiles Harmouche • George Mason
Fr., Forward, Annandale, Va./Robinson
Harmouche scored two goals as George Mason remained unbeaten with a pair of wins last week. The freshman forward needed just 2:29 to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead in a 5-1 victory over Saint Peter's and found the net in the 11th minute as Mason topped St. Francis (NY), 3-2.
Around The League:
ODU RANKED #6 IN THE NATION: Old Dominion is ranked #11 nationally by College Soccer News and #21 by Top Drawer Soccer this week after improving to 4-0 with victories over Seton Hall (6-0) and Winthrop (3-2). Unbeaten George Mason (5-0) also moved into the Top Drawer poll at #42. Last week, ODU was ranked #6 by Soccer America and #15 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, while Northeastern received votes in the NSCAA poll. Both the NSCAA and Soccer America will release new polls on Tuesday.
FOUR CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Four CAA teams are among the top 10 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire South Atlantic Region rankings. Old Dominion leads the group of CAA squads at #2, George Mason moved up to #3, Hofstra is #6 and Northeastern is #9. UNCW was among others receiving votes.
ODU'S HOPKINSON NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Old Dominion junior forward Tim Hopkinson was chosen as the National Player of the Week by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer after tallying four goals and four assists as the Monarchs captured the Stihl Soccer Classic. Hopkinson had three goals and two assists in a 6-0 victory over Seton Hall and followed with a goal and two assists in a 3-2 triumph over Winthrop.
STRONG START IN CAA MEN'S SOCCER: The strong start in CAA men's soccer continued last week as the league's 11 teams combined for a 10-4 record and are 27-15-5 for the year against non-conference foes this season. Three squads (George Mason, Hofstra and Old Dominion) are still undefeated and eight have .500 ore better winning percentages. In 2011, the CAA tied a league record by having four teams selected to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
MASON OFF TO BEST START SINCE 1991: George Mason improved to 5-0 following victories over Saint Peter's (5-1) and St. Francis (NY) (3-2) last week. The start is the best for the Patriots since 1991 and they have outscored their opponents 16-4 thus far. Senior forward Taylor Morgan scored three goals in the two games, including both game-winners. Timi Mulgrew contributed a goal and two assists over the weekend and freshman Ghiles Harmouche scored the first goal in each match.
HOFSTRA WINS TWO ON THE ROAD: Hofstra remainined undefeated (4-0-1) following road victories at Binghamton (3-2) and Albany (2-1) last week. The Pride is off to their best since the 1985 team opened 5-0. Junior defender Tyler Botte contributed three goals and an assist last week, including the game-winner as part of his first career two-goal effort at Binghamton. He also assisted on Shaun Foster's game-winning goal versus Albany.
DREXEL EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK TO THREE: Drexel edged Lehigh 1-0 in its home opener last Friday to extend its unbeaten streak to three. Junior Ken Tribbett scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute off a long touch pass from Fabio Machado, who recorded his team-leading fourth assist. The Dragons have gotten goals from seven different players this season.
ODU WINS STIHL SOCCER CLASSIC: Old Dominion won its own Stihl Soccer Classic with victories over Seton Hall (6-0) and Winthrop (3-2). Along with the effort by tournament MVP Tim Hopkinson (4g, 4a), the Monarchs had Jordan LeBlanc, Gideon Asante and Chris Harmon named to the all-tournament team. Unbeaten ODU, which has outscored its opponents 15-2 this season, meets nationally ranked Creighton on Friday.
UNCW SPLITS AT FURMAN TOURNEY: UNCW completed a four-game road swing with a 2-2 mark after losing 4-2 to #23 Furman but winning 2-0 over the College of Charleston at the Diadora/Spinx Invitational. Sophomore Jamie Dell earned all-tournament honors after scoring his second goal of the year versus Furman. Freshman Nathaniel Goodwin and David Sizemore each scored their first collegiate goals, while Jack Ward had the game-winning tally against CofC. Dell was joined on the all-tournament squad by Michael Parrish and Jacob VanCompernolle.
DELAWARE EARNS FIRST VICTORY: Delaware split a pair of matches at the Univ. of Pittsburgh/Nike Invitational last weekend, beating Duquesne 2-1 before falling 1-0 to the host Panthers. Vincent Mediate and Evan Reed scored the Blue Hens' goals in the victory and goalkeeper Jay Lupas made four saves. Mediate, John Dineen and Prince Nartey were named to the all-tournament team.
TOWSON TOPS HOWARD: Towson scored three second-half goals to rally past Howard, 3-1, last Tuesday. The Tigers, who out-shot the Bison 23-2, got a game-tying score from Josh Danza in the 71st minute and the game-winner from Christian Hofer just 90 seconds later. C.J. Corey tacked on an insurance goal from 27 yards out in the 83rd minute.
W&M BEATEN AT ST. JOHN'S: William & Mary dropped a 2-1 decision at #12 St. John's last Saturday. The Tribe fell behind 2-0 before cutting the deficit in half on sophomore Marcus Luster's header in the 69th minute. It was his first collegiate goal.
NORTHEASTERN SUFFERS FIRST SETBACK: Northeastern suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday with a 4-1 setback at Michigan. Senior Don Anding scored his second goal of the year from 30 yards out and leads the Huskies with five points. NU's shutout streak came to an end at 231 minutes. Dylan Faber saw action in goal in relief of Oliver Blum (0.63 GAA) and made four saves.
GSU, JMU RETURN TO ACTION THIS WEEK: Georgia State and James Madison were off last week, but return to action against tough opponents. The Panthers travel to Duke on Tuesday before hosting in-state rival Georgia Southern, while the Dukes entertain #1 North Carolina on Tuesday night before starting CAA play against unbeaten Hofstra. JMU has won 13 straight home games (11-0-2) dating back to Nov. 6, 2010.